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, there is some rain. that should stay north of us with high pressure giving us good weather once again. you might get tired of this good weather. it is just to drive. we'll talk about rain in the forecast coming up. >> our big story, the race for maryland governor is heating up. bob ehrlich hit the airwaves with his first television ad entitled "let's get to work." >> kim dacey joins us live from northwest baltimore with details. >> early voting polling places opened on friday. nearly 23,000 people statewide have cast their ballots already. those who have not have more to think about as bob ehrlich hit the tv airwaves. >> i am bob ehrlich. >> in his first television ad, bob ehrlich reintroduced himself to maryland voters. >> i am not the kind of guy who likes to hang on the sidelines. >> he showed the -- we showed the spot to a political analyst. >> it was a perfect ad for his campaign. ad looks good. >> the esthetics always matter with ads. there are subtle things, but it is important as to getting the mood of the candidate. >> it outlines his major goals -- help small businesses, protect the ba
helps to make us safer. >> whenever there's a loud noise, i've always been one of those people that runs towards the noise, versus away. that's one of the reasons i became a volunteer firefighter. >> erika: scott koen vividly remembers the events of 9/11. the planes that crashed in washington dc, pennsylvania and new york city. scott wanted to do something special to honor those caught up in the terrorist attacks. and so i developed a project called freedom plaza, which was to use the materials from the world trade center, and make a large north american bald eagle out of it, and it's on the size and scale of the statue of liberty. scott designed the memorial to stand where the world trade center towers had fallen. but the city of new york was already developing other plans for the site, and scott's memorial was not destined to be a part of them. then, late one night, he came up with another, even more ambitious idea. >> well, if we're going to use the steel and the aluminum in an eagle we could use some of the steel in a ship. >> erika: scott was familiar with navy ships. for years he h
states. >>> and at risk, questions about something dentists use, especially on young patients. >>> also tonight, making a difference on the homefront, >>> also tonight, making a difference on the homefront, "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's always been the american ideal, part of the american way, pushing ahead, always getting better, always improving, a future always brighter than our past. but tonight in the new nbc news polling numbers debuting today, americans are losing hope in the future of their country in greater numbers now. our new numbers contain bad news for the president and bad news for his party. a lot of it because the economy is beyond bad and it's been that way for quite a while. and we begin tonight with our political director, white house correspondent chuck todd. a grim set of numbers. >> it is. and the pessimism isn't about the now, it's about the future. is america in a state of decline? 65% agrees that america is in a decline. then we asked them, is the country headed on the wrong track or the right di
for joining us this morning. >> john collins is in today for tony pann. >> we have a couple of scattered clouds. it is pleasant and cool. almost chilly. it is chilly in the mountains with temperatures in the 40's this morning. 62 degrees at the airport. 67% is the humidity. that number is always high in the morning hours. that number will drop by 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. as soon as the atmosphere stores to he doubt -- starts to heat up. barlow was 56 degrees yesterday at the inner harbor, 66 and annapolis, also 66. no stormy weather nearby. the nearest rain is up to the great lakes and that will be a mess, and not a hit today. we will have sunshine just ahead. >> our big story, bob ehrlich released his first tv ad this morning. >> kim dacey is live at a polling place in northwest baltimore with that story. >> early voting centers will be open today. they opened on friday and so far nearly 23,000 people statewide have cast their ballots. one of the biggest raises is the race for maryland's governor. bob ehrlich hit the television airwaves yesterday with his first ad of the election season
on the bus to school? a story that touched a nerve. >>> "in disguise." so many girls in a place the u.s. knows well live a lie with their family's blessing. >>> and the industry that's popped up and suddenly exploded aimed at eradicating bedbugs. nightly news begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> with political anger roaring across the country tonight we go to a small town where the citizens found out how much their public servants were making and they went wild. it happened in belle, california, where the city manager for starters was making $800,000. tonight, eight current and former town officials are in jail. the l.a. county d.a. is calling this corruption on steroids and all public officials like them across the country should probably regard this as a warning shot. we begin tonight with nbc's george lewis who is in the l.a. suburb. george, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the eight are accused of misproper rating $5.5 million of city funds for their own use. authorities from the district's attorney's office rounded them up first thing this mo
stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. sandra shaw has a quick look at the forecast. we have some good news. >> we have great news. upper 70's and plenty of sunshine. one more hot day today. hurricane earl is a category 2 storm, 85 miles southeast of cape hatteras. they are dealing with tropical storm force conditions right now. it is moving at 18 miles per hour. like recent wind and rain later this morning and maybe early afternoon in ocean city. then clearing nicely there as well. on friday, 87 to 90, one more hot one. the wind will pick up. there is more cool air behind that front. that will pave the way for a lovely labor day weekend. more coming up. but now let's check on your morning commute with kim dacey. >> looking pretty good also as we start the labor day weekend. in ellicott city, eastbound not, there is a a downed pole and some downed wires at waverly woods drive. it is on the shoulder. there are some crews on the scene. otherwise, we are looking good. we're up to speed on the inner loop topside, eight minutes. 895 park between 95 on the south side and the h
friday. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> sandra shaw has a quick look at the forecast. >> earl has been downgraded. it was a category 4 storm. >> it was big at one time. >> it is a category 2 right now. it is all off shore. it gave a glancing blow to the outer banks last night. there were tropical storm force winds, some higher gusts up to about 70, 74. around ocean city, not much impact yet. there is some light rain. tropical storm force conditions are possible. there is a warning for the ocean city area. the flood advisory for the west side of the bay has been canceled. things are now looking good for the chesapeake bay. we are in store for an awesome friday. we have clouds last night and a front will be pushing through later on tonight. that means food news for the weekend. there will be plenty of sunshine. further details on hurricane earl in just a little bit. but now a year from the commute. >> we have just one incident to talk about. there is a downed pole at waverly woods in ellicott city. otherwise, we're lookin
is under way. that reporter is sharing her side of the story with us in a live interview, today, tuesday, side of the story with us in a live interview, today, tuesday, september 14, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television matt this morning. p the attempt the attempt t of sarof sarahp of sarah s br but thbut thep bubur saidandrp plive in teheranp > > invnop not from excitement, he actunop not from excitement, he actuall p nursnurse watchingp r exclusively. oing tr gg intense r y ttway to y to frewa correspondents. and ria, good morning. the shourd family trying to win her release. trying to get the bail, $500,000. they're waiting to see but there are some signals that she could be released at any time. they're hoping for that to happen. >> the discussions about this potential release. the discussions about the would-be mosque near ground zero. what's that done in the political climate where you are? >> it's really added to the tension here, the anti-american spirit. and, in fact, if the government needed any excuse to try to drum up more anti-american fever, you can see the s
who is on the scene, live in silver springs to bring us up-to-date. >> this is a very dynamic and developing situation. we are getting ready news. authorities giving a news conference at this very moment. it appears that three hostages since i have just been released safely. authorities are telling us exactly what happened with the gunman. the had been negotiating with him for the last four hours. terrifying moments as a gunman carrying what looked like a bomb took hostages inside the sprawling discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. >> he came in, he was wearing what appeared to be metallic canister devices on his front and back. he also pulled a handgun out and was waiting a handgun. >> but most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue what is happening until they were being evacuated. >> a little confusing, a little scary, not really sure what was happening. >> the man was carrying what looked like a disk -- an explosive device. >> we are going under the assumption that it could be explosive devices. >> the building also has its own da
and now she's using her a young mother of three defies death and now she's using her life to make a difference. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. coming off of a drama of some of this week's state primary contests, believe it or not, not all the political focus these days is on the november midterm elections. the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign is also slowly starting to build. tonight, those handicapping the potential republican challengers are trying to figure out what to make of sarah palin's high profile appearance this weekend in a place where presidential runs usually get off the ground. nbc's in washington to tell us more. >> reporter: sarah palin is becoming a party king-maker while at the same time defying the republican establishment. now the question is will she, can she, try to parlay that popularity with the conservative base into a successful run for the oval office? for sarah palin, these are heady days. >> it's time for no more business as usual. it is time to take our country back. >> reporter: fresh off a string of primary v
song for us coming up a little bit later on. and coming up here, thanks to the band, guys. you were great, too. thank you. >>> and still to come i'm natalie morales along with lester holt. if you're looking for an easy way perhaps to earn extra cash, nowadays you can actually point, click, and earn. we're going to check out five different ways to make money online, making the most of your hobbies to offering you advice for extra keys. how to do it and what to look out for before you do it. a lot of pitfalls. >>> the school year is getting under way. we have some advice to help the kids avoid some of the nasty germs. they're going to get sick. it's inevitable. to lessen the odds, some surprising places those nasty critters could be hiding. >> back to school, here we go. back to the germs. before we get to all of that, let's go inside one more time and get a check of your top stories from amy robach who is in for ann. good morning again, amy. >>> good morning, lester and natalie. good morning, everyone. president obama is going to call today for new investments into the roads, railway
and his case alive. >> what i hope is that everyone would hear us. it is not just us. it is so many different teem that are crying out. that this has to stop. >> my son was shot 18 times. >> holmes was her nephew. she had a son, too. >> his name is reynard. they haven't caught anyone yet. i think about he's not here to be a father to his son. he has an 8-year-old. i think about i won't see him walk in my door no more. there is so much to think about. >> the injustice and the loss that these mothers and others are stuck with. right now they hope gatherings like this help send a message about their pain. >> this has got to stop. they are taking people's children. >> you-all taking people's children. you-all don't know what you are doing to people's family. >> so far baltimore police have solved half of its 148 murder. last year it solved about 60% of its 238 murders. at police head quarters, george lettis wbal-tv 11 news. >> while jamaal's family was praying, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the face. the victim was taken to a local hospital and at last check was in stable condition. >>
for holding up his tax plan to prop up small businesses and the middle class nbc's tracie potts joins us for more. >> increasingly, democrats disagree with him over taxes and republicans are digging in, not good sign for a compromise seven weeks before an election. how to win a tax fight and an election? first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponent. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might support the president is now backing off. >> if that is your only option as you said sunday, would you vote -- >> i want to extend all of the current tax rates -- >> reporter: tuesday's primary appears to have excluded both sides. analysts say tea party wins could back fire on republicans. >
glad hurricane earl did not do anymore damage, but i could have used a drop of an at my house and we didn't get anything. >> it skirted off to the east, heading right toward nantucket, skirted north carolina. this has been a real close call. doesn't mean everyone's out of the woods. they did get a labor day break from hurricane earl in the northeast. actually it's been downgraded to a tropical storm as it brushed the coast of massachusetts this morning with heavy rain and high winds. >> and lots of sighs of relief up and down the east coast because this could have been a lot worse. but it if you're thinking of testing the waters at the beach, you'll want to watch out for what earl left behind. we'll have a full update. >> half a world away, a big earthquake in new zealand caused widespread damage in their second largest city which is actually locked down today. >> the prime minister said it was a miracle that no one was killed. we will head live to christ church for a look at the damage there in just a few minutes. >> back in this country, coulky horman would have been going back tol
carter makes a change in something he told us today about his fellow former president. >>> is it safe to change the genetic makeup of salmon and will you know it when you see it? >>> on thin ice, some make they have sent creatures whose home ice is melting underneath them. a big change happening right now. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the folks who study recessions have determined this one is the longest since world war ii, where they might differ from the rest of us, however, is their view, their contention that the recession is now over. and that it lasted 18 months. that doesn't go overwhelm with the millions of americans wondering how their own situation will improve. it's a sentiment the president ran right into today in a town meeting, featuring a dose of humanity during this rough time. we begin with white house correspondent savannah guthrie. >> reporter: there are those measures that economists talk about, then there is the reality on the ground. today, the president got a dose of the latter. >> thank you very much
joins us from washington with the latest. good morning, tracie. >> amara, good morning. what to do about taxes? the senate has confirmed what the house said, that this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november, not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls. however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america. a government that's too big is something they say they want to get rid of if they are elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures tha
campaign manager attacked her. >> i found out that she was living on campaign donations, using them for rent and personal expenses while leaving her workers unpaid. >> reporter: she found her only hard times actually made her understand voters' anger. >> a lot of people have said that we didn't win the general election. >> reporter: democratic officials are gleeful and called her an ultraright wing extremist. ironically, her supporters used an obama slogan. >> yes we can! >> reporter: a tight race too close to call. former state attorney general, the choice of both the republican establishment and sarah palin against a tea party endorsed conservative activist. on to new york, where the republican nominee for governor is another tea party conservative. real estate developer over the party favorite former favorite rick lazio. rangel beat back several challenges. >> i go back to washington stronger than i have ever been. >> reporter: and back here in delaware, democrats didn't have a primary fight for the senate seat, so chris cooms is their candidate. or donnell who's worked for nonpr
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're asking people to use common sense precautions to prepare for tropical winds. that is what we are going to get. >> trash cans were moved off the beach. they are expecting some minor flooding. overall, they are feeling confident that ocean city will be spared from any major damage. >> we will get through this. this is another storm. we feel comfortable with the forecast. we are ready to go and ready to clean up quickly. >> here is another live look at some of the surfers out here in the inlet. again, they are the only ones allowed into the water. very quickly, we're told the emergency center operator will be here for a limited time tomorrow morning. it is going to get serious tomorrow. i am getting wet. look at my pants. is that fair enough? i went in and got dirty. we will see what happens. we will have another live report for you at 6:00. >> you get all to the news, all. he is sending updates to our live wire at wbaltv.com. you can get updates from him and the weather service. you'll also find links to the live wire on our home page. >> here we go again. another oil rig fire is burning
. the weather channel's jim cantore is there for us. jim, good morning. >> lester, good morning. yeah, the national weather service here, the bermuda weather service, says it's called to prepare for a direct hit. the center expected to come within 10 miles of bermuda. and with 100 mile wide hurricane force winds, a direct hit is unavailable in through here. you can already see the wave action behind me crashing into the rock cliffs through here. but they're preparing residents. that's the key, to take a major hit. something they haven't seen since fabian here. they're saying we're going to have roof damage, it's going to be widespread. we're going to have tree and power line damage. the royal navy is on standby. the big question is when are they going to be able to get in here? is it going to be monday afternoon? because it looks like conditions are going to be bad for 20, 30, 40 hours where no one will be able to leave their homes and no one will be out on the road. cruise ships plan to park here? no way. they're not even coming in. this certainly looks like it's going to be a very,
been encouraging protests in iran, trying to exploit anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran, and the controversy over the proposed islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on the conspiracy. >> translator: they have no relation, they are in no relati relation- >> reporter: there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro, your old friend, fidel castro criticized you for your comments about -- israel and -- >> translator: i need to talk, to speak. i think you should finish first and then you should let me explain. >> reporter: speak. >> what you see in islamic countries is what the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against americans. >> reporter: we see no evidence that there is any such zionist conspiracy. >> reporter: he was equally combative about the iaea, which sharply rebuked iran this week for denying access to the two le
their paths will keep them away from the eastern u.s. but bermuda will probably be in the sights of igor and most likely julia will not affect anything but can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. >>> let's get a check of some of the other morning's top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. >> in the news over the weekend, indications that iran's on again/off again release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. sunday iran's judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held more than a year. stephanie gosk is following developments. where do things stand? >> reporter: right now sarah shourd is still in custody. her lawyer says they're twatding for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then she will be released. under the conditions of bail, she's allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of espionage is going forward along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers who were arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. officials said they were cautiously optimistic that showered would be rereleas
concerning to us. >> someone has her. >> then it happened again. >> she needs to come home. >> another teenager on a sunny afternoon. vanished too. >> she's my angel forever. >> angel, now two gone. where were they and was there lank sf. >> there was more of a hope that they were somehow connected. >> tonight the gripping inside story of the disturbing double mystery. >> maybe she's tied up somewhere. maybe she's being held captive. >> who could solve it? >> there's a lot of desperation. >> and who was behind it? >> what type of creature would do this? >> danger was lurking. >> i was shocked. that warning was not listened to. >> and a mother was bracing for a dramatic moment eye to eye with evil. >> what did you ask him? >> two families, two mysteries. two journeys for justice. >> we just have to find her. ? broad daylight. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening and welcome to "dateline." i'm ann curry. the heartbreaking double mystery made headlines across the nation and tonight "dateline" has new details on the story of two teenage girls who both disappeared i
. nbc's miguel almaguer is on the scene. miguel, what can you tell us? >> reporter: matt, good morning. at least 75 people were rushed to the hospital overnight, some of them injured critically. we know at least one person is dead, although that number may rise. some 53 homes were completely destroyed. more than 100 others damaged. it's believed the explosion may have been caused by a ruptured gas line. and as one witness said here, they described the scene as "hell on earth." the explosion ripped through san bruno just before 7:00 local time, the dinner hour in this suburb just south of san francisco. a blast so violent, some thought it was an earthquake, or worse, a jetliner crash. it was neither. >> i went out and seen this big fireball. first thing i thought was, oh, god, something went up, and it was intense with flames. >> reporter: a monster, gas-fed fireball with flames shooting as high as 100 feet into the air was burning so hot, it obscured everything around it. asphalt melted, windows shattered, the sky turned black and the sound, what witnesses describe as a roaring and a g
for the weather. >> cool stuff for us this morning, not quite as cool as yesterday morning, but you will need a light jacket at this hour. the barometric pressure at 31.5. we will start out with sunshine this morning. it should stay dry during the day with a high temperature of 82 degrees later on today. so slightly warmer during the day today than yesterday. when we come back, we will check hurricane igor and the seven-day forecast. for now, to the news desk. >> overnight bp engineers began the final plugging of the leak in the gulf of mexico spill. >> jay gray has the latest from louisiana. >> engineers were set to begin the final pressure test on the deep water well. after pouring cement, scientists want to make sure the seal will hold more than 1,100 pounds of pressure per square inch. crew members are confident it will. in the final hours, there has been a sense of pride. >> the fact that it had done so much damage. it is the fact that we were able to help solve and fix something that so many people wanted and needed fixed. >> sealing the well won't solve the problem so many living on th
for that job. >> tom costello starting us off in washington tonight. tom, thanks. >>> with that as the setup, authoritily after she appeared with the president in the rose garden this afternoon, she joined us from washington. professor warren, it is said that you're not being appointed to the job we all expected you to be appointed to because of the opposition that the banks and the wall streeters would have pitched threatening senate confirmation. the first question is, why not take that fight to the floor of the senate? why not have that conversation so people can see it and hear it? >> well, you know, i have to say i've never walked away from a fight in my life, so you can ask think three older brothers about that. but the point is, the time spent fighting is the time not spent doing the actual work of this agency. right now, millions of american families across this country are hemorrhaging money on credit card tricks and traps, on mortgages that are deceptive, check overdrafts, car loans. how long do we want to go on on this list? and at some point, we have to get this agency stood up.
of us are sitting here together, it means one thing, it's a monday holiday. we're laboring away. matt and meredith will be back tomorrow. always good to be with you. >> the "b" team. no, we're the "a" team. >> b-plus. anyway, this time last week, of course, we were watching tropical storm and then hurricane earl made a real close pass to the east coast and now we're looking back in the gulf there is a new storm to worry about today. >> that's right. it's tropical storm hermine which formed in the gulf of mexico overnight. it's the eighth named storm of the season. tropical storm warnings have been posted already for northern mexico and south texas, which could get hit with severe flash flooding. we're going to get the very latest on the track of the storm in just a moment. >>> then, it has happened again. another woman has had acid thrown in her face, the second time in less than a week. this time the attack occurred in arizona. once again, it was another woman who did it. was it a topee cat attack? we'll ask an expert coming up. >> unbelievable. >>> plus an nbc news investigation, wh
happen to us for a reason. i believe that my destiny is to impact positively baltimore city, and i think i have an opportunity to do that. [applause] >> a few hours later, applause greeted gregg bernstein as he spoke about his victory, from the very spot he announced his candidacy. >> people were ready for a change, and ready for a fresh approach to tackling the crime and violence in baltimore's neighborhoods. >> birds dean tells us what else he plans to do -- bernstein tells us what else he plans to do as baltimore's top prosecutor. >> despite six days of early voting opportunities, voter turnout in maryland's primary appears to have been the lowest on record. the maryland state board of elections reports the official polling place turned out to be about 24%. montgomery county had the lowest turnout, with only 18%. garrett county had the highest turnout, with nearly 40%. the board's turnabout records go back to 1982. -- turnout records. >> tonight we are learning more about yesterday's triple shooting that ended in a murder- suicides at johns hopkins hospital. police say a man distraugh
prison. beth holloway's attorney speaks out to us in an exclusive live interview. >>> and why would she do it? that washington state woman who claims a random attacker who threw acid in her face admitting she did it herself "today," threw acid in her face admitting she did it herself "today," september 17, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith viera. wild weather here. >> i was in my apartment on the phone, it looked like it was 10:00 at night, it got pitch black, the wind started ed tee. >> it was like coming down in sheets. it was like being in a car wash. >> hurricane force winds ripped roofs off of houses. one woman was killed when a tree crashed on to her car. we're going to have much more on this storm and the damage it left behind in just a couple of minutes. >>> a toddler trapped under icy water for more than 20 minutes when he was finally rescued. his heart was not beating. nearly an hour later, he was brought back to life. coming up we're going to meet that boy and talk
tan mode today. what does that tell us about the political landscape this fall? >> it's still very, very tough. i think that's why you see the president both ramping up his campaigning personally and ramping up the rhetoric against republicans. he's trying to frame the debate for the fall campaign. it's all about the economy. 9.6% unemployment, a housing crisis that continues to affect americans across the country and here you see the president really sharpening his message for republicans saying, things are tough, but these guys don't have better ideas. >> is there a national democratic or is it district by district out there? >> it's both. the president is trying to frame this as a choice election. the president knows if it's just about him, a referendum on his leadership, democrats could be hurt around the country. he and fellow democrats want to make it a choice to say, things may be tough, but republicans don't have better ideas. that's the argument. you also see that being copied in districts around the country. other districts, you see democrats trying to run away from the p
businesses for a slow holiday weekend. >> everybody's disappointed including us. our season will be over here in short time anyway. we like to take advantage of that, but safety first. >> they have asked us to leaf. we'll have to cut our vacation short this year. >> reporter: further north on the midatlantic coast from virginia to delaware, it seems beach vacations continue uninterrupted, for now at least. surf's up in ocean city, maryland. >> it's been a long time since the city's had a really bad hurricane. i'm afraid we're overdue. >> reporter: locals are challenging earl to see just how bad a hurricane he will be. ron mott, kill devil hills, north carolina. >> reporter: i'm peter alexander on long island. already earl's pounding surf and dangerous rip currents extended the shores of new jersey and new york. there are beach closures in places where extreme weather can actually attract a crowd. >> i don't want to see people endangering themselves. caution's the word. >> reporter: at this marina, henry has hauled more than 100 boats to safety. in the last two days. >> the tidal surge will be
down at the outer banks. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry and tamron hall, who has been helping us out this week. >>> hurricane earl is messing up a lot of labor day plans. for the rest of the country, people are gearing up, they hope, for a great three days off. this morning, we have tips to make that holiday, labor day weekend, go smoothly. >> if you're looking for more than a weekend away, thinking about relocating, how much you can get for your money across the country. how much house can you get for between $300,000 and $500,000? being from texas, i know that varies greatly. once i moved to new york, i was stunned what you can get for an apartment. >> is that barbara corcoran today? >> i believe so. >> okay, good. >>> before we go any further shall let's go inside. natalie is filling in at the news desk and has the headlines. good morning. >> good morning, matt, ann and tamron. >>> new numbers on the nation's unemployment rate shows that it rose to 9.6% for august, up .1% for july, the first increase in the unemployment rate in four months but less than analysts were expecting
a major step toward permanently plugging up the blownout well behind the worst offshore oil spill in u.s. history. for more on that, we go to kristin dahlgren, live in louisiana with more. good morning. >> good morning to you, lynn. day 150 and that relief well that they started drilling shortly after this all started has finally intersected with the mccondo well some 2 1/2 miles below the floor of the gulf. admiral thad allen said that the two wells were connected and that the next step was to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanently seal it off. obviously, great news for people in this area, but really just one step in their recovery. oil continues to wash ashore. and this week, thousands of dead fish. take a look at these pictures. looks almost like a graph grave there. scientists say it was caused by lack of oxygen and it's not uncommon here, but people are asking that the oil disbursants didn't play into that. tony hayward defended bp's safety record this week as he testified in britain. he said there's no need to rethink deep water drilling. meantime, here in louisian
, the 100 foot hole is used to bypass the solution from going into the water. the result was oily waste going into the water. >> the challenge was, what do we do with the excess oil and pollution that is gathered on the ship's going across our oceans, tens of thousands of ships every year? often, too often, they and that the dumping of sludge into the ocean. >> in this instance, the crew members passed a note to authorities in the coast guard. >> the note to said it was to notify as of discharge between a member in december of 2009. -- between november and december of 2009. >> crewmembers were instructed to cover it and to lie to the coast guard. the company was ordered to pay penalty. $750,000 of it will be used to clean up chesapeake bay. the crew member will receive $500,000. >> the company is registered in panama, but primarily does business in greece. it was also caught for dumping waste in 2007. washington and louisiana were part of the investigation and will receive portions of the penalty money. it is hard to say where it occurred because part of the crime was to conceal where i
passenger 16-year-old elijah kelley is listed in serious condition at shock trauma. the closest many of us will ever get to a foreign -- ferrari. new york honors a brave firefighter who lost his life on 9/11. a very uncommon thing happened to a teenager not far away. those details in a "covering the nation." >> the prospect for rain is in the forecast. ♪ storyteller: little miss muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey. along came a burglar who broke into her home, and ransacked the place making off with several valuable tuffets. fortunately, geico had recently helped her with homeowners insurance. she got full replacement on her tuffets. the burglar was later captured when he was spotted with whey on his face. call geico and see how much you could save on homeowners insurance. >> is hard to argue the elegance of and the italians -- of an italian sports car. not canolis. a lot of great cars are on display. the show benefits the children's guild. not far from the water -- a teenager is recovering from an injury he was not expecting. what happens? we get the answer from virginia b
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